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Here are five questions you may have about Soccer Coach Weekly :
What exactly does Soccer Coach Weekly do?
2. How can I be sure the advice is reliable?
3. How quickly can I expect results?
4. How can I be sure Soccer Coach Weekly is for me?
5. What do I get for my $1 trial?
Q 1. What exactly does Soccer Coach Weekly do?
Soccer Coach Weekly is a digital magazine delivered direct to your email address.
Unlike most soccer coaching information, it's aimed specifically at coaches of junior players from 4 to 16 years of age. And it's written by myself and other junior soccer coaches, with firsthand experience of the kinds of coaching challenges you face week in and week out.
That means the emphasis is very much on proven, can-do strategies for raising your game... and the success of your players.
Every week Soccer Coach Weekly provides you with practical tips and techniques to make your coaching more effective and rewarding for all concerned.
All the articles are concise and to-the-point - and seldom more than one page in length. That's because we know that the vast majority of junior soccer coaches have very little spare time.
The last thing you need is pages and pages of heavy reading.
So each article in Soccer Coach Weekly concentrates on the essential information you need to know. Plus, there are plenty of helpful diagrams and pictures to illustrate the important points being made, for example showing you how to position your players on the field, or perform a particular training exercise.
A typical issue of Soccer Coach Weekly takes just 5 minutes to read and the drills and games can be easily understood in about 30 seconds.
While it's brief, and quick to read, Soccer Coach Weekly covers a wide range of coaching topics:
- planning training sessions
- player management and selection
- child safety
- core skills
- personal development
- match strategy and tactics
- dealing with difficult parents
- developing team spirit
- individual and team discipline
- training games
... and much, much more.
Here are five quick examples of recent articles.
EXAMPLE # 1
How to take the fear out of heading the ball
Lots of kids don't like heading the ball. And that's only natural. After all, why would you want to put your head in the way of an object you think might hurt it?
But if you don't learn this important ball-control skill properly, and preferably at a young age, you're not going to be much use on match day to the rest of your team.
Fortunately, at Soccer Coach Weekly we have a great training technique for overcoming your kids' typical ball heading anxieties. In just three easy steps, you can teach your players to head the ball with accuracy and confidence.
It's the perfect exercise for your next training session. It's tried and tested. And it's fun.
EXAMPLE # 2
The A-Z of child protection
In this increasingly risk-averse world, the last thing you need is a parent threatening legal action because he or she claims you didn't look after little Johnny during soccer practice, or on match day.
So each issue of Soccer Coach Weekly looks at one aspect of child safety. You get practical answers to key questions like:
- What are your primary responsibilities as a junior soccer coach?
- Which are the potentially risky situations you should anticipate - and what proactive steps can you take to avoid them?
- How do you spot potential abuse off the pitch, and what can you do in such situations?
- What essential equipment should you keep in your medical bag for match day and training sessions?
- What other sensible measures can you take to ensure that, should a child in your care be injured on the playing field, they can be given prompt and appropriate medical care?
With Soccer Coach Weekly in your kit bag, no-one can accuse you of not taking your responsibilities seriously.
EXAMPLE # 3
"The dark art" of the quick, accurate throw-in
In youth soccer, nearly 70% of throw-ins are foul throws. The result? Your team loses the ball to your opponents.
To reverse these odds, every player on your team must be prepared to execute a proper throw-in, and get the ball back into play almost immediately. Indeed, such a sudden restart can catch your opponent's defence off-balance and greatly increase your odds of keeping possession.
That in turn offers your players the chance to get behind the defence and make a run on goal.
So in Soccer Coach Weekly we teach a simple, five-point plan for learning the art of the quick, accurate throw-in. Teach it to your team at this week's training session and you could be well on your way to dominating the next match - and the scoreboard.
Our throw-in training also includes a technique for increasing by as much as 30% the distance that your players can throw the ball.
Just imagine how disconcerting that will be to your opponents the next time you play a game...
EXAMPLE # 4
How to referee the under 5s
Most qualified refs avoid this age group. It's just too demanding! So chances are one of these days you'll be press-ganged into doing the job - probably at short notice - simply because there's no one else available.
Don't worry. In Soccer Coach Weekly we explain some of the best ways to structure a game for such young players, bearing in mind their limited attention spans, their resistance to conventional techniques for restoring on-the-field discipline, and their tendency to charge around after the ball like bees after a honey pot.
And we tell you how to deal with the most common referee situations - handball, penalties, throw-ins and back passes - in a way that won't spoil the kid's fun and make you look like an ogre to players and parents alike.
Last but not least, we show you how to get the parents constructively involved, so they become a useful resource rather than standing around on the sidelines distracting you and your players.
EXAMPLE # 5
Building the correct skills base with your junior players
Some skills are absolute "must-haves" for any soccer player, regardless of age. Indeed, they are so important that you need to give them priority. Because when you teach your players these skills, you're investing in their future and that of your team.
So in Soccer Coach Weekly I'm currently running a series of articles on essential player skills in partnership with Coerver Coaching. Each month we highlight a particular individual skill and show you the most effective way to teach it to your players - we even include a video to show you exactly how it's done.
Sign up for your low-cost trial today and learn these training techniques too.
And, should you decide to subscribe at the end of your 30-day trial, you'll also benefit from all these future Soccer Coach Weekly articles:
- What should you do with substitutes who are not up to the standard of the rest of the team? Hide them or put them in the thick of the action?
- How do you train players who have never before kicked a ball?
- How do you deal effectively with unruly parents?
- What makes for a successful captain?
- How best to score from a free kick
- Landing your corners on the penalty spot
- Teaching your players penalty techniques for shooter and goalkeeper
- How do you keep your training sessions fun, fresh and stimulating week in and week out?
- How do you reverse a losing streak?
- How do you coach unfamiliar positions you never played yourself?
- How can you be a close mentor to the kids, yet keep a professional distance?
- How do you gain the respect of arrogant young players?
- How can you overcome your team being the smallest in the league and overcome other physical disadvantages?
- How do you prevent interfering parents undermining your relationship with the players?
- Tactics against a team that cheats
- How do you discipline and control young soccer players?
- Making the most of the 4v4 training techniques that form the basis of Dutch Vision, the coaching technique inspired by the Dutch soccer association with Louis van Gaal, Johan Cruyff, Rinus Michels, and Marco van Basten
- How do you use the team building process to develop the style of play, and achieve success?
- Why coaching technique and inspiring the soccer brain is better than running sprints and laps
- Using 3v3 for 4, 5 and 6 year olds to develop ball manipulation skills
- Teaching communication on the field using terms like "man on" or "time and turn", and how your players should communicate with opposition players, spectators, officials etc
- How can you teach crossing and finishing more effectively?
- Give your players match-winning insight: what effect will the field have on the game? What's the best way to deal with wind and sun?
- What can you do when the opposition's tactics mean your players are all playing to a different tune, for example they only have three at the back and your wingers cannot exploit the advantage?
You'll find all these topics, and more, in forthcoming issues of Soccer Coach Weekly .
What's more, as a subscriber you can suggest your own topics for future issues by emailing me with details of the soccer coaching issues that matter most to you.
Q 2. How can I be sure the advice is reliable?
This question is of critical importance to any junior soccer coach who takes his or her responsibilities seriously. After all, you're coaching a group of youngsters - most likely including your own son or daughter. The last thing you want to do is accept any old advice.
So let me tell you a bit about my experience and credentials.
I'm certainly no armchair enthusiast. Quite the contrary. My junior soccer coaching pedigree is a pretty distinguished one - and I have the silverware to prove it.
But it was all very different when I first began over fifteen years ago... which, of course, is exactly why I think my perspective on soccer coaching is so valuable to Soccer Coach Weekly readers.
I started out in 1997, trying to find my oldest son a team to play in. It wasn't easy; the lad wanted to be in the same team as his friends, but the problem was, their school had little interest in team sports.
That meant I first had to create a team from scratch, made up of boys from two classes. Then I set about coaching two teams (an A and a B) right from under 4 to under 12.
When my second son was 4, I did the same for him. So I was now faced with the challenges of coaching four teams every Saturday morning plus matches.
It was a pretty hectic time!
Needless to say, by the time I came around to coaching my second son I had gained a much better idea of how to train junior soccer players - and I began to get the match-day results I was after.
I based my new coaching approach on a holding/passing game which in itself is based on the Dutch 4v4 system aimed at giving young players the skills to be good soccer players, irrespective of their relative physical size and strength.
The results were impressive.
My team began to beat every team they played, and won the league against some big, strong competition. Even though my team was a small Surrey primary school, everyone began to fear playing against us and we came up against a lot of aggressive, pushy teams.
Today, my team still wins most of our games even though we now play 11-a-side in a big Surrey league.
I have just about seen it all, from my oldest son's first team which lost 7-0 in their very first game to turning them around over the season until it was them winning 7-0.
I know what coaches feel, what they worry about, what goes through their mind when they are losing, how it feels to win trophies.
I know what they need to succeed.
And along the way I've worked towards my fair share of qualifications. You could say that I've put the hours in so that you don't have to.
My mission, as editor of Soccer Coach Weekly, is to help soccer coaches just like you be the very best they can be - and in doing so save you much of the time, effort and sheer aggravation I had to go through.
But you benefit from more than just my knowledge and experience. Soccer Coach Weekly features activities and articles contributed by respected names in the world of soccer. Recent issues have featured articles from FA instructors and coaches as well as academy coaches at top clubs in the UK.
Q3. How quickly can I expect results?
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That means you could be reading my advice, and putting it into practice, as early as your next training session or match day - even if it's tonight.
Take the quick throw-in technique I mentioned earlier. It's just one of the highly effective training tips you could use to gain an immediate advantage over your opponents.
Remember: 70% of throw-ins at junior level result in a loss of possession to the opposition. So if you hone your team's throw-in skills at your very next training session you could be dominating match-day possession within 7-10 days - and perhaps even winning your next game.
That's just one example of the almost-immediate information advantage that you get only from Soccer Coach Weekly.
I'm confident of two things: (1) the sheer usefulness and effectiveness of my training advice; and (2) the ease with which you'll be able to raise your game.
Indeed, it's because I'm so sure you'll see measurable progress within such a short period of time, that I want you to try out my soccer coaching advice risk-free before you sign up to the full service.
In fact, you could say I insist on it... the only way to join Soccer Coach Weekly is by taking my $1 trial.
Q4. How can I be sure Soccer Coach Weekly is for me?
Soccer Coach Weekly is written by youth soccer coaches for youth soccer coaches.
As editor, I have extensive first-hand experience of coaching in the kinds of situations that you face. And the same goes for each of the expert contributors I choose to share their experiences with you.
Though I live in the UK I have a deep understanding of the needs of coaches overseas. You'll find me at the NSCAA and US Youth Soccer convention in January.
What's more, 2,510 Soccer Coach Weekly readers live in the USA with a further 341 in Canada. So whether you're coaching rec, travel, high school or ODP, you can be certain that Soccer Coach Weekly will meet your needs.
The proof of this is in the reader feedback I receive almost every day.
Comments like these from youth soccer coaches just like you:
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I follow the EPL, so it's great receiving content that relates to what's going on in the world of soccer - I really like that aspect.
We use the sessions week in, week out to teach team play, hard work and passing. The boys love it and I'm sure they contributed to their successful season! Soccer Coach Weekly is great, I love it."
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You might be wondering whether the information in Soccer Coach Weekly is gender-specific. Lot's of coaches of girls want to know if the drills and games will work for them, the answer is "of course they will"
In December 2012 I surveyed Soccer Coach Weekly readers to see which genders they coached. As you can see, there are plenty of coaches of girls that read and use Soccer Coach Weekly.
In the same survey I wanted to find out how long the people that read Soccer Coach Weekly have been coaching for.
The response showed that Soccer Coach Weekly appeals to coaches with a wide range of experience. But the single largest group is coaches that have been active for 6 or more years. This seems to tie up with the fact that the number one reason people to subscribe to Soccer Coach Weekly is that their biggest problem is coming up with new ideas.
Soccer Coach Weekly is designed to deal with each of these "most popular" problem areas and many more besides.
If you're still not convinced that Soccer Coach Weekly will contain an answer to your specific question you can always ask me! I answer every question from Soccer Coach Weekly readers and if I don't know the answer I find someone who will.
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Yours in soccer,
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